Published:  12:38 AM, 11 July 2019 Last Update: 04:56 AM, 11 July 2019

BHF name final squad for Asian Indoor Hockey

BHF name final squad for Asian Indoor Hockey BHF President Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat and other BHF officials captured during the jersey unveiling ceremony of National Indoor Hockey Team. -BHF

Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) on Wednesday announced a 19-member final squad of the national hockey team for participating in the AHF Asian Indoor Hockey'2019 which is scheduled to be held in Chonburi of Thailand from July 15-21.

National Hockey team is likely to leave Dhaka for Bangkok on Thursday (July 11) to participate in the ensuing Asian Indoor Hockey, subject to getting visa from Thailand Embassy. According to UNB. Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF), announced the final squad of the National Indoor Hockey Team, comprising 15 players and four officials at a press conference at BAF Falcon Hall in Tejgaon on Wednesday.

Addressing the pressmen, BHF General Secretary AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed said "We are going to take part in the Indoor Hockey Asia Cup 2019 for the first time, We are expecting good results from our team, our players will gather experiences through this tournament, It will help us in the near future."

Coach of Bangladesh Hockey Team Md Zahid Hossain Raju said "Our players received 45-day training under the supervision of new Iranian coach Hamid Reza Bokhraii Kashi. I hope they will do well in the tournament."

The new captain of Bangladesh National Indoor Hockey Team Farhad Ahmed Shitul assured that they are well-prepared for the upcoming tournament. "We are going to play against strong opponents there. But we are hopeful to do well, we believed that we are capable to beat Malaysia or hosts Thailand," Shitul added.

Bangladesh have been placed in Pool A alongside holders Iran, Malaysia, Philippines and hosts Thailand. In the Pool A matches, Bangladesh will play Malaysia on July 15, holders Iran on July 16. The Philippines on July 17 and hosts Thailand in their last match on July 18.

National Indoor Hockey Team: Rasel Mahmud Jimi, Mainul Islam Koushik, Fazle Rabbi Hossain, Ashim Gope (GK), Imran Hasan Pintu, Ashraful Islam, Farhad Ahmed Shitul (C), Khorshedur Rahman, Sarwar Hossain, Abu Sayed Nippon (GK), Roman Sarkar, Milon Hossain.Stand by: Md Nayeem Uddin, Shohanur Rahman Sabuj and Biplob Kuzur.

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